A giant tree grows inside CRAs renovated farmhouse proposal

October 9, 2018 by  
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Italian design office Carlo Ratti Associati has unveiled designs for the Greenary, a renovated farmhouse that will be designed around a large, leafy, 50-year-old Ficus tree. Rising to a height of nearly 33 feet tall, the perennial tropical plant will anchor the main living area while the various living quarters will be arranged around the upper canopy. The adaptive reuse project is the first step in CRA’s competition-winning master plan and factory for Mutti, one of the leading tomato brands in the world. Located in a bucolic region in Italy’s “Food Valley” close to the city of Parma in northern Italy, the new Mutti master plan “strives to integrate nature and the built environment,” according to the architects. The Greenary will serve as a private residence located a few hundred meters from the new Mutti factory, a massive building that will process up to 5,500 tons of tomatoes a day. Both buildings will be designed around the concept of biophilia and connection with nature. “The Greenary is not a treehouse or a house on a tree, but a house designed around a tree,” explained Carlo Ratti Associati in its project statement. “Life unfolds in sync with that of a 50-year old Ficus, a perennial tropical plant housed in the middle of the farmhouse south hall. All around the tree, a sequence of interconnected rooms creates six domestic spaces — three above the entrance, three below it — each of them dedicated to a specific activity: from practicing yoga to listening to music, to reading and eating together.” Related: Thousands of tomato-sauce jars to turn into “tomato architecture” at Mutti In addition to the Ficus tree, which thrives in indoor environments, the house will feature a mainly timber palette, from the structural beams and stairs to the various furnishings. Large windows will flood the interior with natural light while framing views of the rural surroundings. Completion for the master plan is slated for 2023. + Carlo Ratti Associati Images via Carlo Ratti Associati

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Learn How to Sustainably Farm Crops at the Perennial Agriculture Immersion Class in Asheville, NC

July 28, 2014 by  
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Want to learn about sustainable farming but don’t have the time to WWOOF ? Then you may be interested in the Perennial Agriculture Immersion class, a three-week course in August hosted by the Urban Farm School in Asheville, NC. The program includes hands-on workshops, classes, and field trips that will teach students how to sustainably farm crops, design permanent woodsheds, manage pests, and keep bees and chickens. The fee, which includes lodging and tuition for 18 days from August 10 through August 28, is $2,200. + Perennial Agriculture Immersion The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: asheville , asheville urban farm school , bee keeping , perennial agriculture immersion class , reader submitted content , sustainable farming , Urban Farm School , Urban Farming , woodsheds , WWOOF

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INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide

June 13, 2014 by  
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By now, it’s more than likely that you’re familiar with the term “guerrilla gardening”. .. but if you aren’t, it’s a great subject to look into. All over the world, people are planting everything from wildflowers to veggies in public spaces; sometimes as an act of civil disobedience, but more often as a way to beautify a city . In some places that are rife with homelessness and poverty, edible plants are chosen so that any hungry passersby can reach out and grab a handful of healthy edibles. Seed “bombs” create oases of indigenous wildflowers that nourish dwindling pollinator species, creating oceans of colorful life in what would otherwise be grey, drab, unused lots. If you have any interest in joining the Guerrilla Gardening movement , this handy guide can give you some great tips on how to start. The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Read the rest of INFOGRAPHIC: Guerrilla Gardening Guide Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bees , Butterflies , civil disobedience , community , community garden , edible plants , forage , foraging , fruit , Gardening , guerilla , guerilla gardening , Guerrila Gardening , guerrilla , homeless , indigenous plants , perennial , perennials , pollinators , poor , Poverty , public garden , vegetables , veggies , wildflowers

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Michael Jantzen’s Sun Rays Visitors Center Generates Solar Electricity in the Desert

June 13, 2014 by  
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Michael Jantzen has unveiled a conceptual design for the Sun Rays Visitor Center, a steel and concrete educational facility that doubles as a solar electric power plant in the desert. The off-grid facility generates electricity by converting the heat of the sun reflected and focused in hundreds of installed mirrors into steam. The Sun Rays Visitors Center’s yellow radial form was inspired by the way sun rays reflect off of the mirrors and the center also consists of a viewing platform, office space, and exhibition area. + Michael Jantzen The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: michael jantzen , reader submitted content , solar electric power plant , solar electricity , Solar Power , solar power plant , sun rays visitors center

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Incredible Transforming Furniture System Can Be Used in 36 Different Ways

June 13, 2014 by  
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Photograph by  Norman McGrath Why buy a couch, chairs, a bed, tables and storage units when you could just build yourself a set of Superstairs like the ones architect Dennis Holloway came up with back in 1968? Holloway designed and made the transforming, multi-purpose furniture system for his Brooklyn apartment for just around $200. Check out more of the whopping 36 different ways this ingenious piece of furniture can be used here . READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “green furniture” , dennis holloway , dennis holloway architect , dennis r holloway , design magazine , eco design , efficient design , efficient furniture , green design , modern furniture , modular design , modular furniture , New York Magazine , retro furniture , space saving furniture , superstairs , sustainable design , Transforming Furniture , Wendy Goodman

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Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman

June 13, 2014 by  
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  In a time of rapid climatic shift and lack of political will, the lessons in Ned Tillman’s book Saving the Places We Love: Paths to Environmental Stewardship are imperative for the younger generation to understand. By recounting his own experiences in nature as well as pointing to past environmental atrocities , Ned explains reasons for a societal paradigm shift that starts with the changing of our own personal habits and ends with the implementation of international and progressive political negotiations . Read the rest of Saving the Places We Love: A Call to Action from Geologist Ned Tillman Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , act on climate , book review , Climate Change , collaborative action , connection , earth , Fishing , forests , future generations , government , Habitats , inhabitat , land , Love , mountains , narrative , nature deficit disorder , Ned Tillman , nutrient runoff , oceans , personal habits , political will , renewables , retrofitting , Sustainable , water issues , writing

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The Poetic Insights of a Seaweed Harvester (Video)

October 24, 2011 by  
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The Perennial Plate / YouTube video Screengrab via OWOO We’ve posted before on the cancer-fighting properties of a seaweed diet . And from the Vegan Black Metal Chef’s asparagus tempura sushi to Kelly’s soba noodle salad , we’ve even given … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Sanergy Is Putting A Price On Poop and Cleaning Up in Kenya

October 24, 2011 by  
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© Sanergy The problem of dealing with human waste in a world with seven billion people is enormous and controversial; that’s why the Gates Foundation is investing $42 million in developing high tech solutions. But as I noted in my post Putting a Price of Poop and Pee, there is money in shit, it is valuable for its phosphorus and fertilizer…. Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Solar’s "Nasty Secret" is Neither Nasty Nor Secret: Grist Sets the Record Straight

October 24, 2011 by  
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“Solar panels do not work that well?.and few know it,” Ray Burgess, president and CEO of Solar Power Technologies… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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A Philosopher Farmer Defends Monsanto Tomatoes (Video)

September 21, 2011 by  
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Image credit: The Perennial Plate I’ve said it before. But from trapping and killing feral pigs , to hunting and eating roadkill , the best thing about The Perennial Plate ‘s ongoing road-trip across America is their quest to hear all voices in the debate around what really constitutes good, sustainable eating. This latest episode is no exception as Daniel and Mirra… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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